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    Why fairer trade is crucial to fighting the climate crisis

    11 December 2019 by Mike Gidney

    ‘The fight for democracy and justice and the fight against environmental breakdown are one and the same.’ - George Monbiot

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    Decorate your home with ethical Christmas flowers

    6 December 2019 by Anna Barker

    Mistletoe, holly and ivy are synonymous with Christmas and for those of us wanting to ditch the tinsel but lift a winter palette, colourful blooms will brighten up your home over the party season. 

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  • Cocoa farmer in Ivory Coast

    ‘Purpose must come before profits’ say business leaders at conference on inclusive economies

    3 December 2019 by Susannah Henty

    ‘Does capitalism need a reset? How responsible are corporates for their supply chains? Am I participating in modern slavery unknowingly? From tea bags to smart phones – how often do you think about the people behind your products?’ 

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  • Christmas Fairtrade gifts

    20 Ethical Christmas Gifts

    19 November 2019 by Heather Nicholson

    Christmas is the time for giving and when you give Fairtrade, your gift will also have a direct impact on families around the world, allowing them to celebrate with their families and share in traditions of their own.  

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  • Plastic rubbish

    7 Fairtrade Switches to cut your plastic use

    18 November 2019 by Claire Liboureau

    Take the standard supermarket product. We buy it, consume it, discard it. But we all know that a product’s life is longer than that. Fairtrade works to shed light on what happens before you buy a product but what happens after you discard it matters too.

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  • Vanilla farmer pollinating

    Anything but 'plain': Exploring sustainable vanilla prices to achieve a living income for farmers

    12 November 2019 by Carla Veldhuyzen van Zanten, Senior Advisor Sustainable Livelihoods

    Natural vanilla has drawn attention in recent years due to its soaring price, rivalling even silver in 2017. While that might on the surface seem like a good thing for vanilla farmers, the instability of the market for the world’s second most expensive spice (after saffron) does much more harm than good.

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  • Ben & Jerry's Fairway to Heaven flavour plus a dog

    Can a dog eat vanilla ice-cream and 6 other things you may not know about vanilla ice-cream

    6 November 2019 by Cat Rayner

    According to Google, the dog thing is a frequently asked question in relation to the search terms ice-cream and vanilla. Who’d have thought?! Needless to say ice-cream isn’t a dog friendly food but according to one site vanilla ice cream might be the safest flavour if you want to share your dessert once in a blue moon!  

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  • Polling station

    Fairtrade and the General Election

    1 November 2019 by Angharad Hopkinson

    The General Election on 12 December is a great opportunity to raise Fairtrade with our Members of Parliament. Here are some top tips on how to talk to the Parliamentary candidates standing in your area. 

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  • Farmer picking coffee cherries from Norandino Co-operative

    It's time for a new Fairtrade revolution

    29 October 2019 by Mike Gidney

    "The one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action." Greta Thunberg

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  • Tate & Lyle honeycomb peanut bars

    Honeycomb Peanut Biscuit bars by Tate and Lyle

    26 October 2019 by Tate & Lyle

    Sweet, buttery, crunchy and crumbly- shortbread biscuit is a perfect combination of flavours and textures. Try this luxurious bicky with a bottom layer made from shortbread, the middle layer filled with lush honeycomb and salted peanut caramel, and the top layer made with dark chocolate.

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  • ACSC co-operative in Kyrgyzstan

    10 ways Fairtrade helps advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    24 October 2019 by Kelly Hawrylyshyn, Senior Advisor Global Resource Mobilization, Fairtrade International

    Here are ten ways Fairtrade contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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  • Ethiopian coffee farmers - by Chris Terry

    World Food Day: Zero Hunger Starts With Paying Farmers a Fair Price

    14 October 2019 by Darío Soto Abril, CEO, Fairtrade International

    Coffee and chocolate. Many of us struggle to get through a day without one - or both - of our favourite luxuries. Yet, for the millions of small-scale farmers around the world who grow the cocoa and coffee beans we love, the price of an espresso or chocolate bar is a cruel joke.

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  • Birds-eye view of Fairtrade Mark made out of people in Caranavi, Bolivia

    25 Years of Fairtrade Impact

    4 October 2019 by Justin Avern

    Fairtrade is celebrating 25 years of Fairtrade products in the UK. But what impact has this had on the lives of farming communities around the word?

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    25 Facts about Fairtrade

    2 October 2019 by Katy O'Brien

    As we celebrate 25 years of Fairtrade products in the UK, and 25 years of positive impact for farming communities around the world, we share 25 facts about Fairtrade that you may not know.

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    25 Products to Celebrate 25 Years of Fairtrade

    2 September 2019 by Katy O'Brien

    2019 marks 25 years since the first Fairtrade certified products hit the shelves in the UK. A defining moment in the fight for equality through trade. Here, we pick 25 Fairtrade products from the thousands available, to help you celebrate Fairtrade's 25th anniversary. Join the party!

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  • Fairtrade tea leaves, Malawi

    We all want fair trade and that means farmers need to earn more

    30 August 2019 by Martine Parry

    “My message to consumers in the UK is please continue buying more Fairtrade tea so we can bring more development projects to our region" - Fairtrade tea producer 

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  • Fairtrade lunchbox inspiration

    Inspiration for a Fairtrade lunchbox

    27 August 2019 by Heather Nicholson

    Send your little'uns back to school with a Fairtrade inspired packed lunch. Here are some suggestions for a more ethical school lunch.

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  • ACSC co-operative in Kyrgyzstan

    What are the Fairtrade Standards?

    15 August 2019 by Stefan Donnelly

    When you buy a Fairtrade product, you expect the farmers and workers who produced it to have received a fair price. But did you know about the list of requirements, called the Fairtrade Standards, covering workers’ rights, environmental protection, gender and transparency, that also have to be met?

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  • Dolores Anorés Domingo, Organización ASOBAGRI Guatemala

    How coffee farming is supporting the indigenous population of Guatemala

    8 August 2019 by Josefin Nordahl

    In Guatemala, indigenous people make up around 40% of the population, most of whom are of Mayan descent. 

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  • Summer products

    10 Fairtrade Products for Summer 2019

    18 July 2019 by Heather Nicholson

    Your guide to the hottest Fairtrade products to try this summer.

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